HIS 388K • 2-INTEL HIST INDO-IRAN ISLAM
The theme of this course is the influence of Iran and Iranian culture on the intellectual history of Islam in India. Weekly readings and discussions will cover the various topics: Iranian theories of kingship and political organization of Indian sultanates; the spread of Sufism from Iran and Central Asia into India, and the Sufis' role as preachers of Islam; Persian literary influence on Indian literary forms, especially poetry, chronicles, and ethical writings; Persian language and its influence on Indian languages; Persian architecture and painting and their influences on Indian arts.
Several short oral/written reports; one long research paper
Text Readings (subject to change): Schimmel, The Mystic Dimensions of Islam; Hodgson, The Venture of Islam; Sachau (ed. Embree), Al-Beruni's India; and e-reserves.